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Education & Training





An Introduction To The Importance of Education

So, what exactly is education? Well, simply put it is the process of learning and knowing. This process of course is not restricted to school textbooks only. Education starts from birth. It is the parents which inculcate good manners and make responsible human beings out of their children. Home is essentially then their first school.

However, typically, when we talk about education we are referring to the formal education that starts from the first school our child attends, where they learn how to behave and understand what is happening around them.

Education is important for everyone in the world. It makes one able to understand what is happening around us logically and clearly. An educated person has the ability to take viable decisions and make right moves at the right time. Human existence without education is just like fecund land. Education not only enables individuals to put their potential to best use and do something productive in the upcoming future, but also plays a main role in shaping an individual to be a better, responsible citizen and an active member of the society.

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For this reason, it is hugely important  that you pick the right school to educate your children, your most precious possession. Because only if the school is of a good standard will your child be able to make the very best of their future. So, because education begins at an early age; attaining good promises a good future because it is education that provides good character to the person as they age. Additionally, good education enables one to make best use of one’s skills and talent and helps in fetching the most competitive jobs. Importance of education can be realised in the height achieved by great and famous personalities in different fields of education.

But, just how do you pick the right school? Well, of course you need to do your research, the internet and family/friends is probably the best place to start, but the most important thing to do is visit the school you are considering. In our opinion, the very best option available to you is to attend an open day. A School Open Day brings to life those glossy brochures that you have been poring over at home for many weeks. It really is a valuable opportunity to see the schools for yourselves; meet the teaching staff, existing pupils and maybe parents who already have children there.

 

 

 

Drop-in open days are very well prepared and organised, with talks from the Head, walk-around tours of all the facilities, plenty of staff on hand to answer questions, displays of music, drama, sports, DT, and inspiring classwork on the walls. This is the school on its best behaviour, showing its strengths of which everyone is justifiably proud. Open Days are the safest way to choose a school that you will be happy with. You may have set your heart on a particular school, but it is not uncommon for parents to change their mind and select another school after visiting the competition.

On the day of the open day make sure you have a good look around with an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions; child guides particularly can be very candid! Look for work of all ability ranges on display, if there is plenty, this suggests the school is proud of all its students, not just the top achievers. Do the pupils seem genuinely engaged by inspiring and enthusiastic teachers? Take your child along and involve them, especially when looking at secondary schools. They will pick up a child’s-eye perspective you may miss, and will have a different view. There’s no point crowing over the art department if your child only wants to explore the sports or science facilities.

You know your child better than anyone and are their best ally in finding a school where they will fit in and thrive. Open days are the closest you can possibly get to attending the school yourself and finding out what the school can offer your child for their most important years in terms of social growth and education.

Training After School

Not all adults working in the United Kingdom today were lucky enough to get the best education when they were growing up. Others may feel that over the years the lessons they learnt back at school have been long lost and forgotten. There may be others who had a very good schooling, but has gone into areas of work that need you to learn new skills. Well, post-school training is becoming increasingly important to those out of work, employees and businesses. Learning something new can open doors for you.  It can help you to earn more money, get a better job or do something you really enjoy.

Benefits for Businesses

Businesses today must do everything possible to stay competitive and maintain a highly skilled, motivated staff. Despite today’s very competitive job market, employees often have little hesitation when it comes to searching for a new job if they become unhappy with their current employer. In order to keep employees satisfied, boost morale, and remain competitive, employers need to be aware of the need for further training and education of personnel.

Keeping Skills Current

One of the most important reasons to offer further training and education to employees is to ensure that work skills stay current. Keeping employees up-to-date regarding software applications, the latest thinking on logistical methods, and ways to improve efficiency are all necessary to keep businesses on a level playing field with competitors. Training is also an excellent way to retain the best employees. An unsuccessful company is one that does not keep up with trends in business, that is reluctant to change, and that has an unmotivated job staff with stagnant skills.

Training Methods

One of the most popular methods of further training is that of computer-assisted instruction. Employees complete specific modules of instruction, usually at the employee’s own pace. Accurate monitoring of the employee’s progress is possible, and the amount of time an employee spends on a specific module is adjustable, dependent upon need. Another common method of training is the workshop model, where groups of employees learn through a combination of audiovisual aids, games, role-playing, and occasionally through lecture.

Offering senior staff and management the opportunity to learn about the jobs of the support staff is another frequent choice when companies are considering what types of training employees need. Often, management is unaware of what the hourly employees do on a day-to-day basis. They may believe that those employees are not critical to the company’s operation, or that they can be quickly and easily replaced. Training management-level employees to do non-management tasks encourages an understanding and appreciation among all company personnel and can give rise to new ideas and suggestions for improvements to current practices.

‘Difficult’ subjects still score well for QEGS A level students

Despite the national pressure, subjects perceived as ‘difficult’ still achieve high grades for students at Queen Elizabeth’s.  All three natural sciences achieved 100% pass rate as did Further Maths with an average of 81.5% at A*-B across Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. 

The pass rate for students taking French, Spanish and German was 100% and in French and German 100% of students achieved A*-AB grades

Art students have continued the solid record of success with a 100% pass rate and well over 90% of passes at A*-B

Overall the pass rate for QEGS A –level was 99% and 62% of students achieved A*-AB grades. The girls’ pass rate was 100% with 68.8% at A*-B confirming once again that co-education works and girls do well at Queen Elizabeth’s.

Head of School, Dean Ward and Deputy Head of School, Olivia Lalude-Howarth have both secured their places at Oxford University with Olivia achieving four A* grades in all her subjects.  Dean and Olivia are both winners of the prestigious Blakey Modern Languages Scholarship which was founded by a former student Steven Blakey to encourage the study of Modern Languages in the sixth form.

Qiyang Chen’s results of two A* and two A grades are very impressive considering that he is an overseas student and has been living independently for the last two years.

Lucy Midgley who returned recently from a volunteering trip to Ecuador working with street children has achieved four A* grades which enable her to go to her first choice university of Imperial College where she will study maths.  Lucy will to move to Londonto join her sister Kathryn who is a former Head of School and who is studying at the SladeschoolofArt. 

Headmaster Mr Simon Corns said that he was pleased with the results which confirmed that students for both arts and science subjects achieved strong grades at the school.  “Able and motivated students still need good teachers and our standards remain very high” said Mr Corns. “I know that my teaching colleagues will be pleased that their professionalism and encouragement have helped the students to achieve their potential.”

Many students have, like Lucy, given their time in supporting charitable activities both at home and abroad and have been splendid ambassadors for the school.  The majority of students have taken part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including Debating and Public Speaking, Music and Drama.  These set a shining example to those lower down the school of how to work hard and succeed and make a positive contribution in the way they then go on to do in society. We are very proud of them.”

Cross-Training

When employees learn to do the jobs of other employees, called cross-training, the business gains security by enabling an employee to step in should another become unavailable due to illness, a leave of absence, or a promotion. The company can remain productive when the option of relocating employees as needed is available. In addition, exposing staff to different jobs and departments within the company imparts a greater knowledge of how each position is important to the big picture. Employees gain an understanding of the value of the entire staff and a greater respect for each individual’s contributions. This is a moral booster and a great way of encouraging respect among employees.

Businesses wishing to retain the best employees and stay competitive in the marketplace today must offer further training to their personnel. Employees respond positively to the opportunity to improve their job skills, which results in greater job satisfaction. A well-trained staff with good morale is an enormous asset to any company.

Your steps to stress-free childcare!

“Mum, where are we going on holiday this year?” Half term is only just over and your children are asking you about their school holidays. You’re working, juggling sports days and school fetes and trying to book a family holiday and you really haven’t had time to think as far as July and August.

Don’t panic! Take a deep breath and follow these five steps to stress-free childcare:

1) Check out summer childcare options EARLY. Often kids’ clubs offer discounts for early booking so take advantage of it.

2) Speak to your friends and family, compare notes and diaries. If you need to help each other out, find out when your friends are going to be around; if they’re not, look at flexible childcare options where you can switch days around up to a week before, even if you book early.

3) Feed their passion and don’t feel guilty about working during the school holidays. If your children are happy developing their love for tennis, football, cookery, dance, music or adventure to name a few, then book them on to a week-long progressive course and you can rest assured that they are enjoying learning new skills. It’s educational and will enhance any skills they are currently acquiring through their term-time activities. If they’d prefer to experience a range of activities a multi-activity camp which offers variety might be more suitable. Other factors to consider include value for money, hours, staff qualifications/experience and distance from work or home.

4) Plan play dates with your children’s friends. Looking after children for 6+ weeks can be daunting and exhausting. Most parents find it less stressful to team up with other families for day trips or reciprocal play dates. The children are usually happier with friends around and nag Mum or Dad less! Some camps will even link your child’s booking to a friend’s so they are in the same group.

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